Scottish Climbing Conditions Blog

Welcome to the West Coast Mountain Guides diary and conditions page, which is updated regularly throughout the year.  During the winter, there will be plenty of up-to-date information and reports regarding the latest mixed and ice climbing and mountaineering conditions in the Scottish Highlands, and in particular, on Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor and in Glencoe.  We’ll also be posting accounts of our latest trips, both work and play.

If you have any up-to-date conditions reports and photos that we can include in our blog, please drop us an email:
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Dodging the showers on Ardverikie Wall, Beinnin Shaus

Ken: A bit of faith was needed this morning, as driving out…
September 29, 2021/by Ken Applegate

Snow on Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis

Ken: The first of the season's snow showers fell on Ben Nevis,…
September 27, 2021/by Ken Applegate

Sublime conditions on Buachaille Etive Mòr.

Dave: Another day with Stuart and the objective was a mountain…
September 2, 2021/by Ken Applegate

Zero to Hero 10 pitches in Glen Nevis

Dave: Stuart had never tied in or belayed before and his…
September 1, 2021/by Ken Applegate

MacAskill’s line Dubhs Ridge.

Dave: Yesterday I was out on the Dubhs Ridge with Ben and…
August 30, 2021/by Ken Applegate

Ropework for Scrambling on Curved Ridge, Buachaille Etive Mor

Ken: Great to be out on the excellent Curved Ridge on Buachaille…
August 26, 2021/by Ken Applegate

Amazing 2 weeks of mountaineering.

It’s been a busy two- and a-bit weeks on Skye but at…
August 11, 2021/by Ken Applegate

Ben Nevis Ridges

The weekend has been amazing warm weather, ideal for being…
July 25, 2021/by Ken Applegate

Blacks peaks above a sea of white.

I think the inversion today was better than yesterday, from…
July 20, 2021/by Ken Applegate

MacKenzie’s Halo.

A truly wonderful day in the Cuillin. A muggy walk in and…
July 19, 2021/by Ken Applegate

Ideal Cullin conditions.

The other week Dave was out with Steve and Janet for 4 days…
July 12, 2021/by Ken Applegate

Changeable conditions on the Cuillin.

On Friday and Saturday Dave was traversing the Cuillin with…
July 11, 2021/by Ken Applegate
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